The DP-HRB is a new core of research at the CDS focused on using Developmental Science to understand the epidemiology, etiology and prevention of psychopathology and health risk behaviors across the first four decades of life. The core is directed by Andrea Hussong and two new pilot projects capture this theme of research at the CDS.
Leveraging the built environment to enhance self-regulation and reduce risk for obesity in pre-schoolers
An interest group involving faculty from NC State University and UNC-CH has formed a collaborative team that spans the fields of landscape design, public health, nursing, cognitive psychology and developmental psychology. With pilot work beginning this fall, this group will study how changes in the outdoor learning environments of preschools can afford children opportunities to experience food and eating in a natural, positive setting, in turn promoting active play and self-regulation skills that support healthy eating choices.
(Affiliated Faculty: Jennifer Coffman, Cathi Propper, Myles Faith, Eric Hodges, Amy Halberstadt, Nilda Cosco, Robin Moore, and Andrea Hussong)
The Family Stories Program
A pilot study currently underway tests the feasibility of a novel program to enhance self-regulatory skills in pre-school aged children living with a parent in residential treatment for addiction, with the goal of reducing risk for the development of later problem behavior and substance use in the next generation. This pilot study is a partnership between clinical psychologists at the CDS and service providers within the UNC School of Medicine.
(Affiliated Faculty: Andrea Hussong, Deb Jones, Gaby Stein, Don Baucom)